Henry Candy has a great record here, and NORTH CAPE can follow up an apprentice handicap success last time out, but Ghufa and Peintre d'Argent should be considered too, although in truth it's a wide open event. North Cape won a shade cosily despite having got warm before his last race early in the month. When challenged late on he showed a good attitude for a duel and duly rewarded supporters. He's only gone up three pounds for that, but has a handy claimer on board. Ghufa has an excellent strike rate, but is due a win. He can at least usually be relied on for each way money, only missing the frame once in his last eight outings. Peintre d'Argent is the only filly here, and gets a chunk of weight from some but some from all, and has been a revelation since moving to Willie Knight's yard last year after previously showing little; three wins in seven after previously nought from eight tells its own story. Spensley's not been seen in public since winning at Leicester in October and support could be encouraging, but preference is for North Cape.
Clear Reef 20-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, short lived effort on outside over 2f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Spirit Is Needed (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Topolski (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, 8th of 13, 7l behind Martyr (9-12) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Brett Vale (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 2f out, no headway, last of 13, 31l behind Martyr (9-12) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 11-4fav (9-13) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden on inside 1f out, no impression, 6th of 7, 5l behind Theola (10-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
North Cape (USA) 15-8fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf beating The Hague (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Ghufa (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) In touch in 4th, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind King Zeal (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd.
Spensley (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway into 3rd 2f out, challenged over 1f out, took narrow lead 150 yards out, driven and always just doing enough, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct beating Muftarres (9-10) by hd, 12 ran.
Peintre d'Argent (IRE) 3-1 (8-0) Prominent, ridden when squeezed for room and switched left over 1f out, picked up well to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf beating Brouhaha (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.